Comic Book / Turok
Dentistry in the Lost Lands is not a popular career choice.
"I... am TUROK!"
is a Comic Book
hero, a Pre-Columbian Navajo Warrior, who debuted in late 1954. Turok and his friend Andar accidentally fall into a valley full of dinosaurs
and struggle to survive and find their way out. In 1956, Turok got his own title, Turok: Son of Stone
, originally published by Dell Comics
, but later by Gold Key Comics
. Then he had another series in the 1990s after the character was acquired by Jim Shooter
's Valiant Comics
; it was there that the nature of the valley (and Turok's role in it) were expanded.
In the Valiant series, 'Turok' was not a name, but a title: The Turok was the eldest male in the Fireseed family whose job was to close the portal from Earth to the Lost Lands; a strange, dark world where an evil tyrant named Mothergod had created an army of bio-mechanical dinosaurs to do her bidding. Though Tal'Set Fireseed, the first Turok, closed the portal, he and his brother Andar ended up After the End
in a Scavenger World
instead of in their own time. Mothergod, unfortunately, had followed them back with a group of bio-mechanical dinosaurs and, enlisting the aid of other tyrannical figures in this post-apocalyptic nightmare world, had vowed to finally hunt down and kill Tal'Set and Andar.
bought out Valiant Comics
, A popular series of Turok
video game adaptations began in 1997. Acclaim continued the comics as a subtle Continuity Reboot
of the Valiant series, focusing on Joshua Fireseed, a descendant of Tal'Set, as he juggled his life of a Ordinary High-School Student
on modern-day Earth with his responsibility as Turok. Being that the comics were largely tie-in material for the games, they are mostly forgotten about today. It also didn't help that a mix-up with the distributor kept most of the copies in warehouses. When Acclaim went under due to a number of failed games and marketing blunders, Acclaim's comics, and by extension the Valiant series, died with them.
2008 saw the release of an animated Direct-to-Video
movie called Turok: Son of Stone
based on the comic series of the same name. The animation was done in Timm Style
(one of the film's 3 directors directed the DTV movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
), however unlike the original comic it was considerably darker and gorier with High-Pressure Blood
and dismembered limbs a-plenty.
A reboot of the comic headed by Dark Horse Comics
(responsible for other recent Gold Key/Valiant reboots such as Solar, Man of the Atom
and Magnus Robot Fighter
) started in 2010. In 2014 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights and started a series written by Greg Pak.
Turok contains the following tropes:
- Anachronism Stew: Averted, as the dinosaurs, demons and aliens were all inter-dimensional travelers (albeit involuntary ones) and not simply different things from different time periods together for no reason other than that that would be cool.
- Played straight in the Dynamite Entertainment series which mixes Dinosaurs, Crusade-era knights, Mongols, and even Robin Hood.
- Badass Native: Tal'Set Fireseed.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The main storyline has to do with the job of an ancient warrior trying to keep The Omniverse from collapsing; using his ancient wisdom to survive in a dark, alien land. They could just have easily have come up with some pretty strange creatures for the Lost Lands; but bio-mechanical dinosaurs were apparently better fitting.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: How do you make Genghis Khan even more badass? The Dynamite Entertainment series gave him an army of dinosaurs and a pteranodon-riding daughter.
- Long Runner: The original Turok comic book ran for 26 years, and was almost entirely written by one man, Paul S. Newman (the Guinness-confirmed most-prolific comics writer).